Hi, folks! I’m printing a letterpress book and incorporating some elements from a Glowforge. I know the general categories of good and bad materials to use, but I can’t seem to find any answers about two particular things.
Elmer’s glue: its formula is proprietary, but it’s got a polyvinyl acetate base. The craft bookbinder I’m working with uses Elmer’s and similar glues, but she could work with wheat paste, which is non-problematic. The glue is applied in a thin consistent layer, so the ultimate amount in any given point is relatively small whether cut or etched.
Carpet tape: My letterpress mentor suggests that I cut some of the wood type I’ll be printing with using carpet tape pre-applied or cut to exactly the same shape as the letters. However, I can’t find the ingredients of standard double-stick carpet tapes anywhere, and wonder if anyone knows of other characterized double-stick tape options?
Thanks very much!